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Toxic chemicals scare at Berlin US consulate

The Local · 13 Sep 2012, 15:22

Published: 13 Sep 2012 15:22 GMT+02:00

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“No dangerous chemicals were found,” Carsten Muller, spokesman for Berlin police told The Local. The building concerned was not the flagship embassy in the centre of the city, but the consulate in the Dahlem suburb.

“The passport section was evacuated at around midday after a member of staff said she suddenly felt ill. A man had come in for his 11:10am appointment and after dealing with his passport, the woman said she felt ill. Then two others in the same section said they also felt ill.

“By around midday that part of the consulate was evacuated and the relevant colleagues were called in.”

The alarming pictures of hazmat-clad officials entering the consulate will only have added to concern among American diplomats already reeling from attacks on embassies in three countries.

Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya was killed along with three others at the embassy on Wednesday, while the embassy in Cairo was also attacked. And on Thursday the US embassy in Yemen was stormed, with a crowd breaking through the outer fence, but not into the building itself.

Muller said security was high at the embassy and the consulate in Berlin, regardless of events elsewhere.

“We react very quickly to the kind of alerts we had today, and with full security,” he said.

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By about 2pm the alert was declared over and evacuated staff were allowed to return to work.

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Your comments about this article

00:02 September 14, 2012 by mos101392
,Thank God my American country men can see through the lies and deception that this video is attempting. As a retired American soldier, I will not fight someone elses war. Our lives are not less important than anyone elses. We already invaded Iraq and Afghanistan at what cost? We need to wage war with the guilty and not with the country and it's populace. I am not Israel's pawn. You can make as many videos as you like, but I'm not risking my life because you have nukes but you don't want anyone else or Iran to have them.
03:32 September 14, 2012 by marimay
They probably went out for some bad schnitzel.

@ Mos - Thank you for not being brainwashed. I hope there are more like you, than not.
06:38 September 14, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
07:12 September 14, 2012 by marimay
Yeah yeah, internet tough guy. :)
07:32 September 14, 2012 by IchBinKönig
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07:49 September 14, 2012 by marimay
Your foot would have to leave your moms basement first!

Good luck to you, sir! LOL
09:19 September 14, 2012 by IchBinKönig
like I said
14:51 September 15, 2012 by raandy
König What did you say?? all gone in the name of censorship, LOL
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